Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of thirteen booksâ three novels,a collection of short stories, two memoirs, and five young adult books, four of them written under a pseudonym. Her next published work is the first in the new young adult series, FALCON QUINN.
Since 1988, Jenny has been Professor of English at Colby College in Maine; as of fall 2010, she is also the Hoyer-Updike Distinguished Writer at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. From 2007-2010 she served on the judging committee of the Fulbright Scholarships, administered by the U.S. Department of State. As an advocate for transgender equality she has given addresses at the National Press Club, been the keynote or plenary speaker at gender conventions nationwide, and spoken on hundreds of college campuses including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Barnard, Wesleyan, Amherst, Duke and Dartmouth. In April of 2011 she testified before the Judiciary Committee of the Maine Legislature to oppose the proposed legislation to exempt transgender Mainers from that state's human rights law.
Jenny has been a frequent guest on a number of national television and radio programs, including three visits to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also appeared on the Larry King Show, The Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, and been the subject of a documentary on CBS Newsâ 48 Hours. She has also appeared on a wide range of local and syndicated television shows, as well as NPRâs Marketplace and the Diane Rehm show. In 2007 she played herself on two episodes of ABCâs âAll My Children.â She has spoken widely around the country on gender and imagination, at venues including the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and the New Jersey State Theatre. She has given plenary and keynote speeches at conferences on diversity and scholarship around the country, and at colleges and universities.
Jenny is the newset and only transgender person currently serving on the board of The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).